Afrika and Dry delighted to be at the Cheetahs

The Springbok Sevens great, Cecil Afrika (right), started training with the Toyota Cheetahs on Monday and looks forward to playing the 15-man code again. Afrika wants to take to the park, express his talent and make his new teammates proud. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The Toyota Cheetahs’ depth has received a major boost after three Springbok Sevens stars reported for training with the team on Monday.

Last month it was announced that Rosko Specman would be linking up with the side for the remainder of the season and would be a vital part in the teams’ defence of the Currie Cup.

On Monday the former World Sevens Rugby Player of the Year, Cecil Afrika, and the Blitzboks stalwart, Chris Dry, started training with the team. Dry and Specman were both named in the HSBC Sevens World Series team earlier this year, which was won by the Blitzbokke.

Dry told Voice that he is looking forward to playing for his old province again and knows that he will have to prove himself.

“We were definitely looking for an opportunity to play some 15-man rugby and we’re very fortunate to get it here are the Cheetahs. I’m looking forward to getting onto the field, but for now I’m just trying to get into the system and getting used to the culture. We’re just very fortunate to get an opportunity to come to a great franchise.

The Springboks Sevens stalwart, Chris Dry, who was born in Cape Town but grew up in Bloemfontein welcomes the move back to the Free State. Dry will be staying with his brother, Corné, who is tall opening and fast opening bowler for the VKB Knights. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

“I hope that I get a good run, but there is a lot of hard work before I can look at game time. I’m just very happy to be here.”

Before linking up with the Springbok Sevens, the Grey College old boy Dry, played U21 rugby at the Free State and as well as represented the union in the then Vodacom Cup.

Afrika, in his turn, told Voice that it’s great to be back in the Free State after previously attending the Harmony Sport Academy and having played provincial rugby for the Griffons.

Afrika added that he embraces the Cheetahs brand of rugby. He just wants to make his new teammates proud.

“It’s great to be back in the Free State and I just really want to enjoy time while I’m here, make some good memories and contribute.

“I think the Cheetahs play a great brand of rugby and hopefully I can get an opportunity to get onto the park and express my talent. I believe that I can blend into the style of the rugby the Cheetahs are playing.

“Firstly, I want to find my feet as quickly as possible and contribute in terms of what the team stands for. Hopefully I can go out there and make my new teammates proud.”

Specman didn’t part take in the training as he is still recovering from a rib injury he sustained in Mauritius.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs and South Africa ‘A’ captain, Francois Venter, welcomed the new addition to the team and believes that they as well as Dry, Afrika and Specman will benefit.

“Everybody knows what Cecil, Rosko and Chris brings to the table. We’ve seen them on the world sevens stage and I think that we can learn from them and I hope that they can learn a bit from us as well. It will be great benefit for Free State rugby

“It’s the best play for them, it will suit their style of play and we can use their attributes to the best of our ability.

“I’m very excited to see them play for us and I think that its’ going to be a special time for them.”

Both Dry and Afrika trained with the Super Rugby team, but it remains to be seen if they will get selected for the match against the Stormers on Saturday. – MORGAN PIEK